Energy Savings Tips: Air Conditioning

Insulate and tighten the attic Improving insulation and air sealing prevents heat from entering your house. Pay particular attention to improving insulation levels and sealing air leaks between your living space and the attic.

What others have saved: $15 to $20 per month

Protect your windows from summer sun Use deciduous trees to shade south or west-facing windows from the hot summer sun. In the fall and winter, when trees have shed their leaves, more sun will enter and will help warm the house. If you replace windows on walls that get the most summer sun, low-e glass will reduce unwanted heat gain.

What others have saved: 5% to 10% of cooling cots

Shade your AC units Protect outdoor air conditioning equipment from intense summer with trees or shrubs. It will run more efficiently, keeping your house cool while using less energy.

What others have saved: up to 10% of cooling costs

Discard older appliances Old, inefficient appliances produce a lot of extra heat, especially old refrigerators. If your refrigerator is more than 15 years old, you can save money and reduce unwanted heat by replacing it with a new, high efficiency model. And get rid of that old fridge in the basement or garage. It’s an energy hog. Click here for information on how to safely dispose of refrigeration equipment.

What others have saved: $120 per year

Use ceiling fans to cut cooling costs Moving air evaporates moisture on the skin and makes you feel cooler, even with a higher thermostat setting. For every degree you raise the air conditioning thermostat you can save 3 percent to 5 percent on cooling costs. The most efficient ceiling fans cost as little as 30 cents a month if used eight hours a day. Fans cool people, not rooms, so only run the fan when the room is occupied.

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What others have saved: up to 15% on cooling costs

Room Air Conditioners If you have a room air conditioner that is more than 10 years old, considering replacing it with an Energy Star qualified model. They use at least 10 percent less energy than standard models and run more quietly.

What others have saved: 10% on cooling costs

Central Air Conditioning If your central air conditioning equipment is more than 12 years old, replacing it with a new Energy Star qualified model could cut your cooling costs by 30% or more. Look for units with a SEER rating (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) of 14 or higher. Higher SEER ratings indicate higher efficiency. Use this formula to calculate the savings: 1 – [SEER of old unit] ÷ [SEER of new unit]. So, for example, replacing an old 10 SEER unit with a new 14 SEER unit: 1 – 10 ÷ 14 = 29%. Going from a 10 SEER unit to a 16 SEER unit should save 38%.

What others have saved: 30% to 40% on cooling costs

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